Prosecco History: A changing of the guard and grape varieties.

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By Ulderico Bernardi, professor of sociology and social process at the University of Cà Foscari in Venice (L’enologo 10, October 2014, 20-22).

A changing of the guard and grape varieties.

The old varieties, the ones traditionally used, have been substituted with other more robust grapes.

Verdiso (more than 25,000 hectoliters in Vittorio Veneto, Conegliano, and Valdobbiadene), followed by Bianchetta (6,600 hectoliters), followed by Boschera (3,800 hectoliers), and lastly followed by Prosecco or Glera (3,200 hectoliters).

The return of Prosecco plantings in the hills is actually relatively recent. The now favored Prosecco grape is planted on the legendary slopes of townships and hamlets that include Fol, Cartizze, Guia, Combai, Farra, Col San Martino, Refrontolo, Ogliano, Santa Maria di Feletto and San Pietro di Feletto. These hilltops are gently kissed by enological perfection.

Poet Lorenzo Stecchetti, the singer of fried sole and wine from Conegliano, wrote the following verses, inspired by a long and well established tradition of white wines:

Our round and gentle Prosecco, white Prosecco, Balbi Prosecco, long Prosecco: so many names for one great flavor. It teems with emotions, including a love for the fatherland.

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